Incheon International Airport on Oct. 14 became the world's first airport to launch trial services for indoor self-driving vehicles (right) and cart robots. (Incheon International Airport Corp.)


By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae


Incheon International Airport on Oct. 14 became the world's first airport to use indoor self-driving vehicles and cart robots that carry passenger luggage.

The airport said the gizmos are intended to aid the mobility of special needs users and boost noncontact services.

The self-driving vehicles are undergoing trial operations, with two installed at the departure and arrival gate of Terminal 1 and the departure gate of Terminal 2 to assist users with special needs such as the disabled, senior citizens or pregnant women.

Two of the airport's six self-driving cart robots are installed at both terminals and the duty-free shopping section. They tag along with a passenger while transporting his or her luggage and guide him or her at the destination.

Those with special needs get priority in the use of these devices, but regular passengers can also use them as long as no inconvenience is caused to others.

The airport said it hopes the adoption of the two devices will boost user convenience and bolster the airport's reputation as a smart airport.


km137426@korea.kr



The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport, in collaboration with Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport Corp., in collaboration with Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the "Easy-Drop" service, which transports a passenger's luggage directly from their hotel to the airport. (Iclickart)


By Xu Aiying and Kim Hwaya

A new service in which travelers can send their luggage directly from their hotel to the airport has started trial operations.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport Corp., in collaboration with the budget carrier Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the "Easy-Drop" service. A traveler can drop off luggage at a hotel check-in counter after undergoing security checks in Seoul and reclaim it at his or her destination. 

Travelers can conveniently use early check-in service through the mobile app or website of Jeju Air.

The luggage will be stored safely and delivered to the plane using closed-circuit TV cameras installed at the hotel and on delivery vehicles. 

The service is available at the Holiday Inn Express in Seoul's Mapo District free for Jeju Air passengers, who do not need to be guests at the hotel to use the service. 

The check-in counter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for passengers who depart from the Incheon airport after 1 p.m. Luggage is delivered twice a day, and passengers on all international routes except those to Guam and Saipan can use the service. 

The ministry and airport corporation will take supplementary measures for checking in, storage and transportation of luggage after this trial run. Other major airlines are also expected to introduce this service. 

xuaiy@korea.kr



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